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Publish Date: 15:47 - 05 September 2020
Saturday, 05 September 2020_Amnesty International has denounced Bahraini authorities over mistreatment of Shia inmates during the lunar calendar month of Muharram, the 10th day of which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam and grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Amnesty International condemns Bahrain’s sectarian harassment of Shia inmates during MuharramThe London-based rights organization, in a post published on its official Twitter page, stated that prison officials have lately confiscated religious articles from the prisoners as they have done over the past years.

It censured the measure as “a form of sectarian harassment that serves no security purpose whatsoever.”

Bahraini regime forces have on occasions attacked Shia prisoners as the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty does not shy away from its heavy-handed crackdown against prominent figures and followers of the majority religious community in the country.

Arabic-language Lualua television network, citing a post published on the official Twitter page of Zeinab Khamis – a member of Bahrain Human Rights Society, reported on June 18 that prison guards had stormed into Building 4 of the notorious Jau Prison, and assaulted the inmates as they were marking the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (PBUH) – the sixth Shia Imam and founder of the Ja'fari school of jurisprudence, who died on the 25th day of the lunar calendar month of Shawwal more than 13 centuries ago.

Last May, Bahraini authorities prevented imprisoned Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Mirza al-Mahrous from receiving appropriate medication and refused to allow him to have a much-needed surgery.

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